4-star OT Narrows List

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Owings Mills (MD) offensive tackle Donovan Smith has narrowed his college focus a little bit, whittling the list of schools he’s considering down to 12. The 6-6, 275-pound senior, one of the top overall prospects in the state of Maryland, names the 12 and discusses what’s next in his recruitment.

In no particular order, “U-Conn, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pitt, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois and UCLA” are the schools Smith listed in his top 12. He has been officially offered by all. Smith adds that he is not leaning in one particular direction and is considering some schools that have yet to offer, such as Auburn and Miami.

“I’m still open to new offers,” Smith said. “Miami and Auburn are starting to show interest. I’m also getting feedback from Wisconsin and Tennessee.”

Depending on his schedule, he hopes to schedule college visits – official and unofficial – throughout the fall.

“The next step for me is to take some official visits,” Smith said. “I’m looking to get the full experience at some schools. I haven’t scheduled anything yet, but I definitely know I want to get to some games.”

Smith began this offseason with an impressive performance at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Junior Combine, showing well despite an illness. He would actually lose 20 pounds because of the illness, but he has rebounded and built his weight back up. He’s ready for the start of his team’s regular season.

“Our first game is this Friday,” said Smith, who starts at offensive tackle and on the defensive line. “We’ve had a couple of scrimmages. I’m very excited. I think I’m doing great. Physically, I’m as strong as ever. I’m at a good body weight. As a team, we’re still working out the kinks. We’ve got some young guys, but we’re working hard.”

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Smith made an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech this past February, but he said he didn’t get a chance to see a lot of the campus. Is another visit planned?

“Depending on the schedule between football and everything, I definitely want to get back down to Virginia Tech,” Smith said.

Asked why Tech made the cut, Smith said, “Coach Sherman is a great guy. He stays in touch a lot. There is more I would

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